Published on 10 August 2016

The great Arab diplomatic battle for control of the Red Sea coast

Horn of Africa and Gulf

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are allies of circumstance in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), are moving into East Africa so as to combat the Houthi rebels in Yemen more effectively. Behind their shared wish to control the Red Sea, however, both are courting countries in the region in the service of their own interests.

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